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9th Aug '17 10:24:45 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' (by the same author as ''Everworld'' above), Visser One also [[InvokedTrope invokes]] the MessianicArchetype in order to found The Sharing, which was originally more like a cult than anything. She acquired a special male host to better fit her role as Dark Messiah, and eventually had him killed, [[GenreSavvy knowing that humans would tear down a leader but lionize a martyr]].

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* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' (by the same author as ''Everworld'' above), Visser One also [[InvokedTrope invokes]] the MessianicArchetype in order to found The Sharing, which was originally more like a cult than anything. She acquired a special male host to better fit her role as Dark Messiah, and eventually had him killed, [[GenreSavvy knowing that humans would tear down a leader but lionize a martyr]].martyr.



* The Empress in ''TabletopGame/StrikeLegion'' deliberately built herself up as one of these, after concluding that [[GenreSavvy fear was not a solid foundation to rule a galactic empire upon.]] Though a bit of a transparent {{Expy}} of the [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} God-Emperor of Man]], she is still an active ruler, not ending up as a DarkLordOnLifeSupport like he did, and when the love of her worshippers is insufficient to keep the peace and her fleets can't control the unruly, she can always use her RealityWarper abilities to [[PersonOfMassDestruction destroy star systems]] to keep them in line.

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* The Empress in ''TabletopGame/StrikeLegion'' deliberately built herself up as one of these, after concluding that [[GenreSavvy fear was not a solid foundation to rule a galactic empire upon.]] upon. Though a bit of a transparent {{Expy}} of the [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} God-Emperor of Man]], she is still an active ruler, not ending up as a DarkLordOnLifeSupport like he did, and when the love of her worshippers is insufficient to keep the peace and her fleets can't control the unruly, she can always use her RealityWarper abilities to [[PersonOfMassDestruction destroy star systems]] to keep them in line.
2nd Aug '17 12:12:25 PM LavonPapillon1
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* Fiona, [=AKA=] The Black Fairy in ''Series/OnceUponATime'' committed herself to averting her son [[spoiler:Rumpelstiltskin's]] fate of dying as the savior by [[spoiler:turning herself into a fairy and creating the Dark Curse]] hoping that it would stop the one who was destined to destroy him. When her dress turns black when she was set to kill Tiger Lily, a crescent-shaped mark appears on her wrist, revealing that ''she'' was the destined darkness who was meant to destroy the savior. After being banished by the Blue Fairy to the Dark realms after severing her son's fate with the shears of destiny, she spent the next many centuries [[spoiler:kidnapping children and turning them into labor for harvesting dark fairy dust]], harvesting their power and preparing for the Final Battle, an event where Light (represented by Emma) and Dark (herself) would battle for the fate of all worlds.
24th Jul '17 5:48:06 PM ZimFan89
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* In ''FanFic/AgesOfShadow'', Boaz was personally trained by his religion's goddess in order to lead his people to greatness. This would sound pretty good, except that it's a ReligionOfEvil, the goddess in question is an [[AxCrazy insane]] FallenHero-turned-EldritchAbomination, and "leading to greatness" means [[TakeOverTheWorld conquering the world]].

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* In ''FanFic/AgesOfShadow'', Boaz was personally trained by his religion's goddess in order to lead his people to greatness. This would sound pretty good, except that it's a ReligionOfEvil, the goddess in question is an [[AxCrazy insane]] FallenHero-turned-EldritchAbomination, and "leading to greatness" means [[TakeOverTheWorld conquering the world]]. [[spoiler: Gets upgraded to TheAntichrist when he's [[BackFromTheDead resurrected]] even more powerful than before, and intends to destroy modern civilization and take over what's left afterwards.]]
10th Jul '17 5:41:37 PM WanderingBrowser
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Daenerys and Drogo's son is prophesied to be the "Stallion Who Mounts The World," the ''khal'' of ''khals'' who will unite the Dothraki and lead them to dominion over the entire world.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Daenerys and Drogo's son unborn son, Rhaego, is prophesied to be the "Stallion Who Mounts The World," the ''khal'' of ''khals'' who will unite the Dothraki and lead them to dominion over the entire world.world. Whilst the Dothraki naturally see him as TheMessiah, as the Dothraki are seen by every other culture in Essos and Westeros as the most bloodthirsty, brutal, savage and barbaric people in the world -- and not without due reason! -- he more than fits this. This is lampshaded by Mirri Maz Duur, who subtly implies that her real reason for "helping" Khal Drogo was not to punish him for massacring her village, but to try and ScrewDestiny, ensuring Rhaego is stillborn and can never fulfill his destiny.
** Daenerys herself may be either this or TheMessiah, the series hasn't really come clean either way and it may even be a matter of perspective. ''She'' sees herself as the rightful queen returning to reclaim a throne that belongs to her... but, on the other hand, she intends to do so by burning her way across Westeros with three fire-breathing dragons ''and'' after having fulfilled her stillborn son's destiny by unleashing the Dothraki upon Westeros.
6th Jul '17 12:17:40 PM memememememe
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It's a CrapsackWorld, and things are only getting worse. There are heroes, but the [[StatusQuoIsGod status quo won't let them cause more than a few ripples of good in a sea of]] BlackAndGrayMorality. Out of this ambiguity comes a savior, someone who brings hope to the [[HoldingOutForAHero downtrodden]] and preaches a utopian vision of peace and prosperity for all. However, [[AntiHero he isn't afraid to fight fire with fire]]. In a world where moral absolutes are impossible to find, he will [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized use underhanded tactics, preemptive strikes, and otherwise act like Genghis Khan's patron saint in his quest to bring about that perfect world.]]

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It's a CrapsackWorld, and things are only getting worse. There are heroes, but the [[StatusQuoIsGod status quo won't let them cause more than a few ripples of good in a sea of]] BlackAndGrayMorality. Out of this ambiguity comes a savior, someone who brings hope to the [[HoldingOutForAHero downtrodden]] and preaches a utopian vision of peace and prosperity for all. However, [[AntiHero he isn't afraid to fight fire with fire]]. In a world where moral absolutes are impossible to find, he will [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized use underhanded tactics, preemptive strikes, and otherwise act like Genghis Khan's patron saint other acts of Radical Terrorism that puts ISIS to shame in his quest to bring about that perfect world.]]



The '{{villain|s}}ous' version of this character is usually hiding behind a more traditionally [[VillainWithGoodPublicity good messiah image]]. He may secretly be a StrawHypocrite, but just as often, he is terrifyingly fervent in believing his messianic message and getting others to do the same. May or may not be secretly spreading the ReligionOfEvil, but usually assembles a {{Cult}} around himself; may or may not have [[WellIntentionedExtremist good as his ultimate goal]]. Almost ''always'' operates on {{Ubermensch}} mentality.

May or may not be a MagnificentBastard ByronicHero. Contrast with AllLovingHero, TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified. Has nothing to do with the video game ''VideoGame/DarkMessiah''. See also ApocalypseMaiden, TheAntichrist. When put against the AllLovingHero or the MessianicArchetype, that's a DuelingMessiahs dynamic.

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The '{{villain|s}}ous' version of this character is usually hiding behind a more traditionally [[VillainWithGoodPublicity good messiah image]]. He may secretly be a StrawHypocrite, but just as often, he is terrifyingly fervent in believing his messianic message and getting others to do the same. May or may not be secretly spreading the ReligionOfEvil, but usually assembles a {{Cult}} around himself; may or may not have [[WellIntentionedExtremist good as his ultimate goal]].

Almost ''always'' operates on {{Ubermensch}} mentality.

or TotalitarianUtilitarian mentality. May or may not be a MagnificentBastard ByronicHero. Contrast with AllLovingHero, TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified. Has nothing to do with the video game ''VideoGame/DarkMessiah''. See also ApocalypseMaiden, TheAntichrist. When put against the AllLovingHero or the MessianicArchetype, that's a DuelingMessiahs dynamic.
6th Jul '17 12:12:32 PM memememememe
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* Makishima Shougo from ''Anime/PsychoPass'' committed a number of terrible murders in order to [[spoiler:provide awareness for people to live like human beings]].

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* Makishima Shougo from ''Anime/PsychoPass'' committed a number of terrible murders and terrorism in order to [[spoiler:provide awareness for people to live like human beings]].[[spoiler:liberate Japan from an Orwellian BigBrotherIsWatching regime that quantifies and criminalizes emotions]].
20th May '17 2:10:27 PM ZimFan89
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* ''Series/TwelveMonkeys'': The Army of the 12 Monkeys view their leader, [[BigBad the Witness]], as a prophet who will lead them to paradise, with just the measly cost of [[TimeCrash destroying reality]] in the process.
2nd May '17 7:02:29 PM Nicoaln
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* Artorius from ''VideoGame/TalesOfBerseria'' is built up as being TheMessiah in-universe, but it's pretty clear from the start that he is more along the lines of a Dark Messiah, having long given up on humanity and being more than willing to [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill sacrifice everybody's emotions in order to "save" them]]. Throughout the game, the player learns of his DarkAndTroubledPast and even [[TheHeavy how he was manipulated by Melchior]]... who could be seen as TheAntichrist by some.
3rd Apr '17 7:13:47 AM Allronix
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* {{Implied}} in VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic and VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic with Revan. The Republic was getting hammered by the Mandalorians. The Jedi Council talked a good game about being the Republic's defenders, but didn't want to commit to a war because they suspected the Mandalorians were operating on someone else's orders (and were right), and believed the whole thing a trap. Revan didn't much care about what ''may'' have been behind the Mandalorians when Republic worlds were being slaughtered, so Revan left with best friend Malak, they took a bunch of Jedi with them, and they proceeded to fight the Mandalorians by turning their own tactics against them, sometimes abandoning whole worlds to the slaughter so other targets would be too difficult to strike. The second game goes into more detail - Revan used the [[WeHaveReserves Republic's greater numbers]] to an advantage in multiple feints, leading to victory with a ''very'' high body count, and the war was ended with a planet-busing WMD that wiped out hundreds of thousands of both Mandalorians and Republic troops alike. And this is, technically, ''before'' Revan and Malak became Sith.

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* {{Implied}} in VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic and VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic with Revan. The Republic was getting hammered by the Mandalorians. The Jedi Council talked a good game about being the Republic's defenders, but didn't want to commit to a war because they suspected the Mandalorians were operating on someone else's orders (and were right), and believed the whole thing a trap. Revan didn't much care about what ''may'' have been behind the Mandalorians when Republic worlds were being slaughtered, so Revan left with best friend Malak, they took a bunch of Jedi with them, and they proceeded to fight the Mandalorians by turning their own tactics against them, sometimes abandoning whole worlds to the slaughter so other targets would be too difficult to strike. The second game goes into more detail - Revan used the [[WeHaveReserves Republic's greater numbers]] to an advantage in multiple feints, leading to victory with a ''very'' high body count, and the war was ended with a planet-busing planet-busting WMD that wiped out hundreds of thousands of both Mandalorians and Republic troops alike. And this is, technically, ''before'' Revan and Malak became Sith.
3rd Apr '17 7:12:12 AM Allronix
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* {{Implied}} in VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic and VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic with Revan. The Republic was getting hammered by the Mandalorians. The Jedi Council talked a good game about being the Republic's defenders, but didn't want to commit to a war because they suspected the Mandalorians were operating on someone else's orders (and were right), and believed the whole thing a trap. Revan didn't much care about what ''may'' have been behind the Mandalorians when Republic worlds were being slaughtered, so Revan left with best friend Malak, they took a bunch of Jedi with them, and they proceeded to fight the Mandalorians by turning their own tactics against them, sometimes abandoning whole worlds to the slaughter so other targets would be too difficult to strike. The second game goes into more detail - Revan used the [[WeHaveReserves Republic's greater numbers]] to an advantage in multiple feints, leading to victory with a ''very'' high body count, and the war was ended with a planet-busing WMD that wiped out hundreds of thousands of both Mandalorians and Republic troops alike. And this is, technically, ''before'' Revan and Malak became Sith.
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